foundation repair cost
So how much is it going to be, what is the cost of foundation repair? The straight answer: it depends.
Foundation repair costs vary because each situation is different. It depends on how many piers are needed to underpin the foundation. You may need piers all around the house or maybe just in front. One of the worst cases is when you have a foundation that slumps in the middle. The repair company has two choices. Either tear up floors or go in underneath with tunnels.
The foundation repair cost can also vary by types of piers needed. Steel, bell-bottom (or drilled) and concrete pilings are the most common types. Helical steel piers are sometimes needed on hillsides. There are just too many variables to be able to just throw out a figure for the foundation repair cost.
Here’s what I do know. I live in North Central Texas and two of my neighbors have had foundation repair. Their foundation repair costs were both about $7,000. I was nosy enough to ask. (more…)
Every concrete slab that may need repair presents its own symptoms and problems. Each situation is different. The guy next door to me had piers put in all around the perimeter of his house. He had concrete push piers installed under a 2,000 square foot single-story house and he said he paid right around $7,000. We live in the Dallas area.
But the guy down the street in pretty much the same sized house only needed piers under the east and south side of the slab. He also paid close to $7,000 for concrete push piers. However, two of his piers had to go under the driveway. Maybe that added to the cost.
The number of piers required and the type of piers used for underpinning are two of the variables that affect the cost of foundation repair. Steel piers are generally more expensive.
This is one of the reasons the cost of foundation repair varies, and why the prudent home owner gets bids from at least three different foundation repair contractors. Spending a few hundred dollars on an inspection by an independent structural engineer is a good idea as well.
The Dallas Morning New recently ran an article on the damage to slab foundations caused by the shrink-swell clay soils and the weather in North Texas. The piece also touched on costs of foundation repair and how the lowly soaker hose is indeed your friend. Here is a link to the article.